Publishing: India’s buoyant book market attracts more foreign deals


Libby Whitehouse looks at whether India’s effervescent literary culture is attracting established and new writers from either side of the Atlantic: Publishing Perspectives

Historically, Indian writers have tended to go to the West to get their books published but with e-books posing an ever-increasing challenge to publications there, industry experts indicate a reverse flow may have just begun.

Indeed, there are murmurs that the big and burgeoning Indian book publishing market and the country’s effervescent literary culture have begun to attract both established and new writers from the either side of the Atlantic seeking a bigger audience and accolade.

Peacocks among the Tamarind Trees

And this was brought further to the fore by the recent launch of Canadian writer Merlaine Hemstraat’s new novel Peacocks among the Tamarind Trees, a love story involving two doctors from Canada and India, and published in India by Palimpsest.

This is an interesting development which is certainly one to keep an eye on and if the title and story of Hemstraat’s book are anything to go by, India’s influence will continue to loom large over the literary landscape.

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